All-in-one machines make big promises. They say they’ll replace your countertop-hogging appliances such as the food processor, stand mixer, and blender—plus some pots and pans—with one device. (What exactly is an all-in-one machine anyway? Click here to read our guide.)
The best-known brand is Thermomix, which has dominated European kitchens for decades. But we tested the Thermomix and some rivals and were less than impressed, especially given the roughly $1,500 price tag on the top model, the TM6, which we could only recommend with reservations.
Along came Cuisinart’s Complete Chef Cooking Food Processor, at less than half the price of the TM6. I tested it, and surprised even myself when I fell in love. It aced all the tests I used to select our top-rated food processor; it mixed doughs and batters like our favorite stand mixers. It cooks, too, whether you’re making your own recipes or using the 200-plus built-in ones that it walks you through on a video touchscreen. The only place it choked was as a blender; it left chunks in my smoothies. But it did everything else beautifully and was a pleasure to use, while being supersimple to handle and clean, by hand or dishwasher. (Read more about our all-in-one machine testing here.)